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We are architects, engineers, designers and urbanists


Placemaking for a Modern World We design at every scale and at every stage in the process of placemaking, from visioning to briefing, design, delivery and operation. The places we create are social, useful and beautiful — a reflection of humanity. The practice has grown to over 1,000 people operating from a collaborative network of city studios, all creative hubs connected to the cities and regions they serve. Healthcare is a key area of focus for the practice, and we have designed award winning places for healing and wellbeing across the world.


Healthcare buildings are the places where many of us will experience life’s most profound events and yet they are also complex technological facilities which have to operate efficiently. Our designs pay close attention to clinical effectiveness and efficiency but they always prioritise people - patients, their visitors and the staff who care for them.



Great Ormond Street Hospital Ideagram

Humane Irrespective of size, our projects are always designed around the needs of the individual. They create a caring environment which nurtures social contact and meets people’s needs during times of difficulty.


Rooted In a world which is becoming increasingly generic we design projects which are specific and which create a real sense of place, firmly rooted in their time and their surroundings.


Legible We achieve intuitive wayfinding through simple visual clues in site layouts, building forms and understandable hierarchies of circulation space.


Safe We strive for the provision of healthcare buildings which facilitate safe clinical practice, with excellent patient observation and proximity of time sensitive activities in a clean and hygienic facility.


Selected Projects


Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Location Liverpool, UK

Client Laing O’Rourke for Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Cost £167m

Completion 2015

The multi award winning BBC People’s Choice Building of the Decade is ‘a hospital without precedent’ using colour, light and views for therapeutic benefit. Three fingers of clinical space radiate from the atrium concourse, alternating with gardens, intertwining buildings and landscape to aid wellbeing and recovery and create a striking new landmark for the city.


” BDP’s willingness to listen to the views of our patients, families and our staff has been vital in turning this vision into a reality.” — Dave Houghton, Project Manager, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital


Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital Location Bristol, UK

Client Carillion for North Bristol NHS Trust Cost ÂŁ430m

Completion Mar 2014 Phase I, Jul 2016 Phase II A BREEAM Excellent healthcare facility designed around a central, top-lit grand public concourse which simplifies access to medical wards and departments. Naturally ventilated inpatient rooms are organised around a series of landscaped courtyards separate from the core clinical facilities, creating a positive, non-institutional environment.


” Southmead Hospital merits a stop on the grand tour of the world’s notable hospital facilities, along with Rikshospitalet in Oslo and the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.” — Ken Schwarz, Architectural advisor to North Bristol NHS Trust


Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Cancer Centre Location London, UK

Client John Sisk & Son Ltd for Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Cost £100m

Completion 2023 The design brief for this world-renowned centre for paediatric care and research was created in partnership with staff, patients and families. A welcoming, active frontage responds to the domestic scale of its context and the ‘lily pad’ winter gardens enhance the inpatient experience, offering views from every bedroom window.


Teaching, Trauma and Tertiary Care Centre (3Ts) Location Brighton, UK

Client Laing O’Rourke for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Cost £485m

Completion 2019 The major trauma centre for the region incorporates 361 beds, 65% of which are single ensuite rooms and a helipad, with views over the English Channel. Extensive consultation with local planners and English Heritage resulted in unanimous consent for the design’s sensitive integration into its historic environment.


Victoria Hospital

Location Fife, UK

Client Balfour Beatty for NHS Fife Cost £100m

Completion 2012 A 500 bed extension brings together three hospitals under one roof, including a specialist women’s and children’s department. The waveform public facade and a strategic use of colour and transparency around public areas avoids an institutional feel and creates a new landscaped frontage with segregated access for emergency, services and visitors.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital Location Birmingham, UK

Client Balfour Beatty for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Cost £545m

Completion 2011

An ‘ideal hospital’ concept for this award-winning PFI healthcare campus was developed through intensive consultation with patients, visitors, staff and the Trust’s clinical review groups. The findings enabled the design of a compact hospital with distinct, efficient realms for public, patients, staff and services.


National Children’s Hospital of Ireland Location Dublin, Ireland

Client National Paediatric Hospital Development Board Cost £430m

Completion 2019

The largest, most complex and significant capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland, this new landmark building has a distinctive oval design with therapeutic gardens on the roof. A sequence of spaces inside and out enhances children’s freedom of body and mind, creating the optimum environment for care to flourish.


Bispebjerg Hospital Masterplan Location Copenhagen, Denmark

Client Bispebjerg Hospital Cost ÂŁ430m

Completion 2012 Masterplan

A visionary setting for this Copenhagen hospital and psychiatric facility uses landscape ribbons to knit together the existing urban grain as a building lattice for future development.


Børneriget Women’s and Children’s Hospital Location Copenhagen, Denmark

Client Rigshospitalet Cost £130m

This international design competition provides a modern and innovative women’s and children’s hospital in Copenhagen. Fusing medical efficiency and treatment through play, we collaborated with Gottlieb Paludan Architects to create a place where patients, relatives and employees would feel at home.


Grange University Hospital, Gwent Specialist and Critical Care Centre Location Cwmbran, UK

Client Laing O’Rourke for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Cost £194m

Completion 2021

This new model of healthcare uses universal rooms which allow operational flexibility and blurring of departmental boundaries to respond to changing demand. Designed to BIM Level 2, it maximises the use of digital technology through the supply chain to enable programme efficiencies, offer improved health and safety and maximise quality control.


Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Location Liverpool, UK

Client Laing O’Rourke for the Clatterbridge Cancer Trust Cost £118m

Completion 2020 This new design for one of the UK’s leading cancer centres has a crystalline facade, dramatic light filled atrium, landscaped wintergarden and external terraces offering panoramic views across the city and providing a high quality patient focused environment.


Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital Location Brighton, UK

Client Kajima for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Cost £37m

Completion 2007

The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building creates an iconic ‘children’s ark’, a sustainable community built around user needs, the concept of the family and Brighton’s nautical spirit. Furniture and windows are child-scaled and all bedrooms have sea views, with the central atrium uniting all levels, delivering natural light and acting as a social hub.


Waterfall House, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Location Birmingham, UK

Client Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Cost £35m

Completion 2018 Home to the UK’s first pioneering Rare Diseases Centre for Children, the hospital combines oncology inpatient and outpatient care and includes a teenage common room for cancer patients and a bright airy courtyard at ground floor. The exterior takes inspiration from the Birmingham canals, with the striking facade coloured to resemble cascading water.


Heatherwood Hospital Location Ascot, UK

This 48 bed hospital sets outpatients, imaging and endoscopy at ground and lower ground around a double height Client Kier for Frimley Health space. The building centralises planned NHS Foundation Trust care from three locations onto a single site, using timber cladding to reflect its Cost woodland setting and tree top views. ÂŁ90m Completion 2021


Selected Awards

BDP has won over 1000 awards for design quality – a selection of our healthcare awards is listed below. RIBA National Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool RIBA Regional Award • Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol (RIBA South West Client of the Year for North Bristol NHS Trust) • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Building of the Year and Sustainability Award) • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (RIBA Regional Client of the Year Award) Civic Trust Award • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton Civic Trust Commendation • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton Building Better Healthcare Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Best Acute Hospital Development and Best Design Concept) • National Children’s Hospital, Dublin (Best use of BIM) European Healthcare Design Award • Waterfall House, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham (Highly Commended) • Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

RICS National Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Winner Community Benefit) RICS Regional Award • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (Design and Innovation Winner and Project of the Year) Design and Health International Academy Award • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (Highly Commended) BBC People’s Choice Award Building of the Decade • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Insider Property North West Awards) AJ100 Building of the Year Award • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (finalist) Mixology Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year) • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton (Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year) Healthcare Estates IHEEM Award • Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol (New Build of the Year) • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (New Build of the Year) Civic Voice Design Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Overall Winner and New Build Category Winner)


Offsite Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Public Sector Project of the Year) Bristol Civic Society Design Award • Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital, Bristol Manchester Society of Architects Design Award • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool (Commendation)

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Winner of 19 design awards

Constructing Excellence West Midlands Award • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (Project of the Year)


Andrew Smith Principal, Sheffield Head of Healthcare andrew.smith@bdp.com Benedict Zucchi Principal, London benedict.zucchi@bdp.com Nick Fairham Principal, Bristol nick.fairham@bdp.com Ged Couser Principal, Manchester ged.couser@bdp.com

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Photography: Nick Caville, David Barbour, Hufton+Crow, Paul Crudge, Paul Karalius Cover: Waterfall House


” Hospitals need to be much more than machines for treating, they need to be real places of healing, a synthesis of patient focused care and patient centred design, which save lives and help make life more worth living for everyone they touch.” — Andrew Smith Head of Healthcare


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